How to Press Comic Books

I have decided to try and dive into the subculture and rabbit hole known as comic book pressing.   I decided to invest in a  professional grade t-shirt heatpress machine for this adventure. It makes perfect sense because KaptainMyke is already in the business of t-shirt designs and heatpressing silkscreen art.

Edit 9/17/2017 :  Now you can learn and try to press comic books yourself at home! Read my FAQ How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Press by KaptainMyke.

Where to begin? I’ve read and seen countless examples of bad pressing. Scorched books, waves or ripples appear on the comic book several hours or days later. Many times the comic book returns back to its original shape before pressing – like a memory foam mattress!   I am not here to endorse amateur pressing but I am posting here my findings and experiences so far.   Temperature and moisture levels are key.   So what is one to do when water or moisture is paper product’s worst enemy?

I thought I would try the realm of singular heat/cold exchange on pressing. You press a book for 20 minutes, flip the book over for an additional 20 minutes, and turn off the unit…leaving the book inside the press for 4 hours after. This proved to be wildly successful…so here goes my photo documented results with my very first press.

I used one of my son’s new comic books. It’s a brand new Newsstand Edition copy of Scooby Doo Team-up #27, featuring Plastic Man. This comic book is rough! My son is 10 years old and autistic, so he frankly does not care at all what happens to the book, so long as the book is opened to the page he likes the most, and on the floor for him to look at anytime in any random moment of his choosing to admire.

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

I regret I didn’t take enough photos of the back but here are a few good angles for you to inspect:

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I tried an initial temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes on each side. This seems to be the best temperature but today I am trying 170 degrees.

The trick is to turn off the heat press after the second 20 minutes and leave the comic book inside the heat press for an additional 1-4 hours, depending on the severity of the the initial creasing and waviness of of the book. Leaving the book in the press is crucial if you do not wish to use a sinus cold or clothes fabric humidifier. I do not suggest using humidity on the book. It’s called a “dry press” and “dry cleaning” for a reason. Leaving the book in the press for as long as possible will prevent the book from returning to its original “memory foam mattress” condition.

After 4 hours later, here are the results of the first comic book pressing by KaptainMyke:

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of 1st comic press. Front of cover. You can see the crease on the bottom right corner to see it's the same book.

Results of 1st comic press. Front of cover. You can see the crease on the bottom right corner to see it’s the same book.

Results of 1st comic press. Top down left side view of front of book.

Results of 1st comic press. Top down left side view of front of book.

Spine results of first press. You can obviously see the color breaking spine ticks but overall previous damage of spine is nonexistent.

Spine results of first press. You can obviously see the color breaking spine ticks but overall previous damage of spine is nonexistent.

Bottom right front corner of book shows the color breaking corner crease but it is flattened out very smooth and flat.

Bottom right front corner of book shows the color breaking corner crease but it is flattened out very smooth and flat.

Results of first press. Back of book. No damage.

Results of first press. Back of book. No damage.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top right side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top right side of front cover.

As you can clearly see, for my first trial run of dry heat pressing a comic book, the results are wildly remarkable and astounding.  Total success!  There are a few remaining dings but for my first press this is fantastic.

A few things I’ve learned:
Use copy paper on the top and back of cover for pressing.
Pages with glossy magazine paper will stick together when temp is too hot.
When this happens, wait for book to completely cool down before separating out pages stuck due to modern high gloss paper.
Do not press books with a square bound spine, such as graphic novels like The Dark Knight Returns or The Killing Joke.
Spine rolls are not a problem. The press easily resets spine rolls but you will have color breaks most likely.

The name of the heat press is a VEVOR Digital Controller heatpress machine. Model CP230B. Temperature can be adjusted from 100-400 degrees.  Brand new they can retail for $250-$400.  Used you can buy one for $150 but you will need a new bottom pad most likely.

EDIT:  So CBCS comics suspended my account for 7 days and deleted my post on the forum at forum.cbcscomics.com.  

I guess free information exchange isn’t allowed.   I was also not aware this was against company forum policy since they have not updated their terms of use.  

Amateur pressing should not threaten their business model.  The fascists who operate the discussion forum do, however.   

 

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

Here are the results of some more books I’ve recently worked on. I performed a sort of dry cleaning and dry heat pressing on the following books:

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

Next I tried a cheap newsstand edition of Supergirl from 1994. This one had bad wrinkles and wave in it throughout the entire book. Looks like moisture possibly hit the book. Here are the results:

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

So now, you can learn and try to press comic books yourself at home! Read my FAQ How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Press by KaptainMyke.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

New eBay store link is up: “TMNTToys” by thekaptainmyke

 

New ebay store link is up now.  You can type it in your browser as: http://stores.ebay.com/TMNTToys .

Know a shellhead?  Get ’em a truly valuable and vintage original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mint on card action figure.  Just in time for Christmas shopping!  Free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States of America!  I will ship globally to anywhere in the world.  Shipping charges will apply to international orders.

Thank you

Myke

 

NEW! Graded CBCS Comic Books for Sale on eBay right now!

Check them out when you have time, and save them to your watch list!  KaptainMyke’s CBCS Graded Comic Books for Sale on ebay.

Visit website of Comic Book Certification Service for grader’s notes.  www.cbcscomics.com
CBCS is well known to be very strict on their grading standards so you should expect a more precise grade on this comic book when compared to CGC grading standards.  Here are some of the comic books I am selling:
amazingspiderman1cbcs1-5 amazingspidermangrr1cbcs8-0 avengersannual10cbcs9-4 defenders1cbcs9-4 marvelpremiere47cbcs6-5 newmutants98cbcs9-4

Check them out when you have time, and save them to your watch list! KaptainMyke’s CBCS Graded Comic Books for Sale on ebay: KaptainMyke’s CBCS Graded Comic Books for Sale on ebay.

The 2016 SDCC IDW Mega Bloks #1B TMNT Time Capsule from Kevin Eastman!

I’m about to unleash something to the world FEW have seen. I am excited to share it here with you all, whom I consider colleagues of elite collectibles and highly sought after gems. Sometimes historical pieces are what get me really excited. Most Time Capsules sold at auction by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator  Kevin Eastman go anywhere from $300-$500 tyically. This one however is for a comic book of a very very small print run for the attendees of this years 2016 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) convention only. Without further ado, here we go…

I received my 2016 IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Bloks #1B Time Capsule today via FEDEX. Let’s take a journey shall we? Here’s what a $960 sheet of paper looks like:

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Bloks #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2″ x 11″ Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2" x 11" Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2″ x 11″ Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

Here’s the time capsule package:

Here's the time capsule package:

Here’s the time capsule package:

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Signed 8 1/2″ x 11″ Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Signed 8 1/2" x 11" Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Signed 8 1/2″ x 11″ Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Turtle Tracks letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

Turtle Tracks form letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

Turtle Tracks form letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

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OKAY, so now here’s where it gets REALLLLLY interesting. I mentioned via ebay to Fiona his office assistant that I bought on presale order Heavy Metal #281 which is Kevin Eastman’s first solor cover on his own magazine. I told her I wanted a signed copy but there wasn’t one offered. She said Kevin told her to put one in the capsule via ebay messages. Well, to my astonishment, here’s what I ACTUALLY got:

I didn’t get the magazine. Instead, holy schnikes, I got a 2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN! SUPER MEGA TURBO RARE! (Kevin Eastman’s first solo cover of his own magazine) Courtney is the model by which April O’ Neil was conceived and now the model on the cover of this magazine! (By the way, google her, she is extremely beautiful)

OKAY, so now here's where it gets REALLLLLY interesting. I mentioned via ebay to Fiona his office assistant that I bought on presale order Heavy Metal #281 which is Kevin Eastman's first solor cover on his own magazine. I told her I wanted a signed copy but there wasn't one offered. She said Kevin told her to put one in the capsule via ebay messages. Well, to my astonishment, here's what I ACTUALLY got: I didn't get the magazine. Instead, holy schnikes, I got a 2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN! SUPER MEGA TURBO RARE! (Kevin Eastman's first solo cover of his own magazine) Courtney is the model by which April O' Neil was conceived and now the model on the cover of this magazine! (By the way, google her, she is extremely beautiful)

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

And LAST BUT NOT LEAST….

The crown jewel, icing on the cake:

2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN before the comic book is even released to the public!

And LAST BUT NOT LEAST.... The crown jewel, icing on the cake: 2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN before the comic book is even released to the public!

2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN

Shh don’t tell anyone I showed you the TMNT Universe #1 Eastman cover yet.

TMNT 1988-1996 Updated Action Figure Prices (2016) Private/Public sales market trends

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1993 Chef Boyardee TMNT All black with silver armor SUPER SHREDDER Exclusive Mailaway Figure. You needed 20 UPC barcodes to get one of these ultra rare figures. Few are still around to this day. Custom made acrylic case with included can of Chef Boyardee noodles.

1993 Chef Boyardee TMNT All black with silver armor SUPER SHREDDER Exclusive Mailaway Figure. You needed 20 UPC barcodes to get one of these ultra rare figures. Few are still around to this day. Custom made acrylic case with included can of Chef Boyardee noodles.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE CRAZE
Cowabunga Dudes!  I am here today to inform you of the latest groovy current market trends of action figure sales of private and public auction purchases regarding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys.  This is concerning action figures released from 1988 to 1996 by Playmates and Bandai.  The more rare toys will be from the 1995-1996 waves, since they made fewer of them and stores were ordering less shipments for their toy department inventory.

Most of these prices I have concluded on my own.  This is based on recent market trends on eBay, private sales, craigslist, and conventions from the past 2 years.  The reason I am compiling this list is because most toy guides or price lists are horribly inaccurate when going against the ACTUAL sale prices of these figures.  Keep in mind, “asking price is different from selling price”.   The last good updated prices the Internet saw was back in 2006.  It’s been a while, dudes!  The links I have included mostly will say “0 results…”  Keep this in mind when searching for rare toys.  Search “Completed listings” or “Sold” listings to see what you just missed and how much it went for.  So, Here we go:

1993 TMNT Scratch the Cat, one of the most valuable TMNT toys ever produced. (Which isn't even that rare.)

1993 TMNT Scratch the Cat, one of the final figures to roll off the production line. Few stores ordered the last waves of TMNT toys. This one is punched with light wear on card. It is one of my white whales. One of the most valuable TMNT toys ever produced. (Which isn’t even that rare.)

MOST VALUABLE FIGURES
Some figures are considered valuable but not rare.  These toys go for way over what they are worth when you compare production line numbers and shelf orders from stores…. You can thank shows like Jordan’s “The Toyhunter” on Travel Channel for Scratch the cat prices.   People seem to forget about his canine friend, Hot Spot.  This includes the following:

Scratch $1200
Hot Spot $550
Shogun Shoate Purple Weapons $375
Shogun Shoate Blue Weapons $250
Shogun Triceraton Purple Weapons $700
Shogun Triceraton Blue Weapons $500
Any of the Japanese Figures $100
Movie Star Splinter No Fur W/Tooth $150
Any Undercover Turtle feat. Cloth Trenchcoat $600

The coveted most valuable and holy grail piece of all TMNT toy collectors: 1994 Mint on Card, completely untouched TMNT Shogun Triceraton, the holy mother of all TMNT Toys. With purple weapons, of course. (The rarest).

The coveted most valuable and holy grail piece of all TMNT toy collectors: 1994 Mint on Card, completely untouched TMNT Shogun Triceraton, the holy mother of all TMNT Toys. With purple weapons, of course. (The rarest).

MOST POPULAR COLLECTOR FIGURES
The list below contains the collector list most are seeking.  These are your main figures everyone is trying to grab.  Some are common, but some are more uncommon due to weapons, colors, and variations released by Playmates and Mirage Studios.  The Japan figures were made in conjunction with Bandai.  Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles were released overseas in the UK and other parts of Europe.  While not rare, they are just a cool factor to us folks here in the United States.

SUPER RARE! 1994 Shogun Mike (in Gold Armor), Mint on card.

SUPER RARE! 1994 Shogun Mike (in Gold Armor), Mint on card, light shelf wear, sticker wear on bubble, one crease on upper left corner. These toys came in Silver armor. 1 per case

Here’s the main list of popular TMNT action figures for the collector:
Warrior Rocksteady $200
Warrior Chrome Dome $200
Warrior Winged Turtles $100
Sumo Turtles $84 with gold coin $100
The Turtleflauge series $100
The Deluxe Turtleflauge series $125
Mutant Masters $50
Dino Turtles $75-$100
Coil Force Turtles $35
Muta-Force Turtles $100
Mini-mutants Playsets $50
Ace Duck with hat OFF, with pop up display $200
Ace Duck with hat off $100
Ace Duck with hat ON $85
1997 Dino Turtles $300
Mini mutant mutant combo/pizza police /firefightin combo $75
Giant troll series $200
Sumo turtles $100
Slash-Purple Belt, Yellow “S” $50
Leonardo/Raphael/Donatello/Michaelangelo w/ Fan Club forms soft heads $185 each
Slash-Purple Belt, Red “S”, Mustard Yellow Chest $75
Genghis Frog-Gold Belt $350
Genghis Frog-Black Belt $50
April O’Neil no stripes $200
April Orange & Blue, no “Press” $75
General Traag with Collector Card  $100
Movie Star Turtles w/ collector cards  $85
Movie Star Turtles w/ collector gold coins $100
Raph as the Mummy blue weapons $50
Raph as the Mummy purple weapons $40
Raph as the Mummy orange weapons $30
Raph as the Mummy red weapons $20
Slam Dunkin’ Don White Shirt Wal-Mart excl w/ collector card $100
HotHead w/ collector card $150
HotHead blue weapons $50
Shogun Don w/ second version collector card $45
The 4 re-release Storage shell TMNT w/ collector cards $100 each
Krang’s Android Body w/ collector card and coin $250
Rocksteady 1988 w/ soft head w/ 10-back card and pop-up display $250
Shredder 1988 w/ soft head w/ 10-back card and pop-up display $150
Baxter Stockman 1988 pop-up display $150
Figures With Fan Club Forms (Soft Heads) $150
Figures With Pop Up Displays $150
April O’ Neil No “Press” yellow/orange $55
Genghis Frog W/Tan Belt Off $200
Giant Slam Dunkin’ Don $50
Airforce Mutation Donatello $30
Airforce Mutation Raphael $30
Shogun Mike Gold Armor $400
Black Super Shredder Excl Chef Boyardee (20 UPC) Mailaway Variant $350
… and matching TMNT Chef Boyardee Tin Can (IF you can find one!) $25
Channel 6 Newsvan $600
Leo, The Sewer Surfer W/Mondo Mutant Surfer Tube $150
Scuba Divin’ Raph W/Psych-Out Spin-Out Scuba Tube $200
Giant Trolls $150 each
Giant Mutatin $100
Sewer Playset $500
Technodrome sealed $1300
Technodrome opened w/box $400
Technodrome scout $150
Turtle Blimp $300
Turtle Blimp II $200

Extremely rare holy grail piece from Mirage Studios - Peter Laird's own TMNT UNDERCOVER LEONARDO 1994 MOC Ninja Turtles with CLOTH COAT & COIN, signed by Peter Laird.

Extremely rare holy grail piece directly from Mirage Studios – Peter Laird’s own TMNT UNDERCOVER LEONARDO 1994 Mint on Card Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Undercover Leo with CLOTH COAT & COIN, signed by Peter Laird.

 

 

Extremely rare holy grail piece from Mirage Studios - Peter Laird's own TMNT UNDERCOVER LEONARDO 1994 MOC Ninja Turtles with CLOTH COAT & COIN, signed by Peter Laird.

Extremely rare holy grail piece from Mirage Studios – Peter Laird’s own TMNT UNDERCOVER LEONARDO 1994 MOC Ninja Turtles with CLOTH COAT & COIN, signed by Peter Laird.

SUPER ULTRA RARE FIGURES
Finally, the list you all been waiting for:  The Top 15 “Super Ultra Mega Turbo Rare” List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  You will very rarely find these on auction sites or at a garage or estate sale.  There’s not many left around anymore out in the market.  Most likely the remaining ones are in Peter Laird’s basement or someone’s deceased loved ones’ attic crawlspace.  You should try and hunt these down like it were the cure for Cancer:

  1. Undercover Leo with cloth trenchcoat and gold coin $800
  2. Don’s Camo Hydro Skimmer $1800
  3. Leo’s Camo Blitz Cycle $1300
  4. Genghis Frog w/ Bagged Weapons $800
  5. Slash-Purple Belt, Red “S”, Bright Yellow Chest $250
  6. Cyber Jet $700
  7. Cyber Rover $600
  8. Warrior Rocksteady $200
  9. Ralph as the Mummy w/ unpainted chest w/unpainted knees (VERY RARE) $100
  10. Sumo Mike w/ gold coin $150
  11. Pizzaface w/green knife w/red on hat w/hero card $150
  12. Undercover Mike with cloth trenchcoat and collectible card $700
  13. Ray Fillet w/ Purple “V” on 3 Hero Card $150
  14. Tattoo with tattoo on belly $125
  15. Shogun Don (Gold) Ultra Rare but DO EXIST $1000
Another Holy Grail Piece. 1988 Wave 1, Rubber soft head Original April O'Neil with no Press Pass, No stripes, Mint on card. Extremely rare to find an unpainted one with no press pass at all, let alone mint on card.

Another Holy Grail Piece. 1988 Wave 1, Rubber soft head Original April O’Neil with no Press Pass, No stripes, Mint on card. Extremely rare to find an unpainted one with no press pass at all, let alone mint on card.

I hope you enjoy this list.  You may or may not agree to it, but this is from my research and my collection.  Please leave a comment if you’d like to weigh in.

And Finally, if you’d like to see MY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Collection, here you go…

KaptainMyke’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Collection of Toys, Comic Books, Art, and Posters on Pinterest. 

1994 TMNT Shogun Shoate, mint on card, purple weapons. Extremely rare! One of the top 5 rarest and most valuable figures in the toy line.

1994 TMNT Shogun Shoate, mint on card, purple weapons. Extremely rare! One of the top 5 rarest and most valuable figures in the toy line.